Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has been on tape many times extolling the privacy and security virtues of the iOS software and its most common carriers, the world’s iPhones.
How secure is the iPhone?
Still, Apple turned in metadata as well as account information, not emails, photos, or actual message content, just the minimum it is required to reveal by law, if that’s of any comfort to those that were on the receiving end of the subpoenas.
These phone hacking devices or software have become somewhat of a cottage industry over in Israel, where the spycraft and its civilian applications intermingle more successfully than anywhere else, so it comes as a little surprise that the NSO Group has managed to create such a sophisticated iPhone and Android hacking platform.
In any case, Apple will probably try and plug the exploit that allowed the Pegasus spyware to be installed on its iPhones in the coming iOS updates… until the next time when another exploit is used and we only learn about it post factum.